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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

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  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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Office of

Ben Nelson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $102,005.00


Trips by Ben Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $36,994.83

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,162.60
source

Destination: SHERIDAN, WYOMING
Sponsor: Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF BIG HORN CANYON RANCH HUNTING CLUB
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,353.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,348.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL EVENT
Date: May 6, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: MOOSE LAKE, ALASKA
Sponsor: JIM JANSEN
Purpose: FACTFINDING ON ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Expense: $1,618.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,642.60
source

Destination: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: Kutak Rock
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON CONFLICT ON IRAQ, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT PONCA STATE PARK DECIATION CEREMONY
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,898.88
source

Destination: CAMILLA, GA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $627.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $129.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $217.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Sponsor: Canadian Wheat Board
Purpose: GRAIN WORLD AND CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD DINNER
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.47
source

Destination: CANADA
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ALBERTA FOR US CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Date: Sep 21, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,695.92
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DURING THEIR FULL BOARD SESSION
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,517.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ben Nelson

Jason Briggs
David Culver
David Dimartino
Ben Hansen
Eric Pierce
Amy Tejral
James Vavricek
Kim Zimmerman



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.